THE newly-formed Wirksworth Colts Sonics under eights showed bags of potential in only their second competitive match at the weekend before losing to Buxton Braves.
The Rowsley and District Youth League fixture finished 5-0 to a strong Buxton side but the Sonics boys gave it everything they had and coaches and parents are pleased with the way things are shaping up so far.
Finlay Surgey in the Sonics goal was fantastic, despite the scoreline, and Max Taylor Matkin was also very impressive. Rufus Sammels-Moore and Jasper Williams in defence did well and there was very hard work by Stephan Edwards, Tobi Wilkinson, Thomas Champion and Toby Pearson in midfield.
Meanwhile, Wirksworth Colts Albion U13s lost 6-2 to Chesterfield Town.
It took Wirksworth just one minute to get on the scoresheet through Connor Simms. Good forward runs from Gabriel Carr and Joe Bednall brought out impressive saves from Nathan Cotterill and Wirksworth captain Billy Morley piled on more pressure with a long mazy run from midfield and a shot from outside the area that fizzed just over the bar.
Solid defending from the Wirksworth back four of Harry Foster, Jack Dunn, Thomas Davison and Cameron Williams kept the score at 1-0 until halfway through the first half. Then a Tom Stevenson hat-trick in 15 minutes gave Chesterfield a 3-1 half-time lead.
Sub Oliver Marchington was involved in the build-up to Wirksworth’s next goal, a move started at the back by Billy Morley who passed to James Simmonds on the left wing, He crossed to Marchington and the ball eventually reached Liam Smith-Vidal to fire home. But it took only a minute for Chesterfield to reply with two quick goals from Jason Froggatt.
Kieren Lord then completed the scoring for Chesterfield.
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